― Rich C, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― dave q, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Andy, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
However, Ms. Ronstadt goes beyond crap music and becomes crap person
because she's a grade-A shit-talking hypocrite. Dumb bitch goes and
plays Sun City while South Africa was still under the apartheid
regime. That makes her evil and she never apologized publicly for
doing that. But what makes her a hypocrite is that some years later
dumb bitch Ronstadt goes on a TV talk show accusing Howard Stern of
being racist against Mexicans (because the flap over the Selena
shooting and all of a sudden Ms. Ronstadt "remembers" her Mexican
heritage [shame she forgot it before flying off to Sun City]) --
fortunately, Robin Quivers from the Stern show was on at the same
time and called Ronstadt out for being the hypocritical bitch that
― Tadeusz Suchodolski, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― mark s, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Kerry, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Nitsuh, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I guess Ronstadt sings OK (from a technical POV). So does Celine
Dion. So what.
Dave Q: Elton John brought Lenin low;
Andrew Ridgley's dancing is the implacable
stoneworm in the maoist monolith. This is
― scott p., Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― jon, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
mark s -- "Ass" = "Pants."
― Mark, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Sterling Clover, Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
Since I honestly didn't know that Ms. Ronstadt had apologized for
playing at Sun City -- I thought she was unrepetentent -- I retract
the part calling her "evil." Though I have to say that I don't
understand her so-called defense -- how not playing at Sun City
constituted "censorship" in any meaningful sense is totally lost on
me. But I'm not retracting the "dumb" part; the crimes of apartheid-
era South Africa were certainly well-known at the time Ms. Ronstadt
performed there, not to mention that Sun City was located in a
bantustan (which settlements had been condemned internationally since
they were implemented in the 1970s). To call a person who ignored
such overwhelming and well-known, documented evidence of the human
rights abuses occurring in South Africa at that time and who offered
such an intellectually weak defense for her actions a "dumb bitch" is
actually quite mild IMHO. And I also don't really understand how
boycotting South Africa was a bad idea, especially since Nelson
Mandela himself (and other South African anti-apartheid activists as
well as DeKlerk) cited the international boycott as one of the key
factors in ending apartheid.
While I can't really say that I'm sorry for calling Ms. Ronstadt
a "dumb bitch," I do regret if it caused unnecessary offense and
perhaps I should have chosen my words more carefully. But I still
stand behind what I said about her being a hypocrite -- someone who,
like her, played Sun City should be very circumspect
before accusing anyone else of racism. In that sense, whether Stern
is or isn't racist, or the Selena skit was or wasn't offensive, is
irrelevant -- it's an issue of "don't criticize the speck in my eye
when there's a plank in yours."
As for bringing the matter up at all: well, when performers do
political acts, it's going to be discussed for better or for worse.
If you discuss Richard Wagner's music, someone is going to bring up
his virulent anti-Semitism; likewise, if you discuss Charlton
Heston's acting career, people will talk about his being President of
the NRA. Such discussions may or may not have any bearing on the
artistic merits of the perfomer's work, but it will nonetheless come
up. And if someone wants to bring up George Michael singing in
China, that's their prerogative AFAIC.
And none of this answers whether Ms. Ronstadt's music is any good or
not. I'll keep quiet about this now (unless it comes up again) and
let Rich C. discuss what he likes about Ms. Ronstadt's music.
― Tadeusz Suchodolski, Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Geoff, Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
To everyone else: If you don't like Linda, and a lot of you would
like to kill her, here's a clue: NOBODY FORCED YOU FUCKERS TO EVEN
SET FOOT HERE!!! I don't give a damn about Linda's South African
fiasco. If you do, and think Howard Stern was right, that's fine--
you have a nice day too!
To Messrs. Suchodski and Hanley: FUCK YOU BOTH!!!
― Erik North, Sunday, 2 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Andrew L, Sunday, 2 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
The album of lullabyes she made a couple of years back, 'Dedicated To
The One I Love' is certifiably the weirdest record ever made my
a 'mainstream' arist (poss. exception: Smiley Smile). Main
instrumentation is glass harmonica & vocal samples. Total duration is
about 25 minutes. General atmosphere is 'David Lynch'-ian. Warm yet
Also of course her version of 'Different drum' is definitive, and she
sings a Jimmy Webb song like no-one else can ('Adios' from Cry Like A
Rainstorm being a particular fave round here).
I always like to think of her as a female Art Garfunkel; very single-
minded, working in a variety of different musical spheres, big on
arrangements, both utterly peerless vocalists. hey! Artie even made
an LP of lullabyes too!!
― harvey williams, Monday, 3 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Rich C, Tuesday, 4 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
However, I HAVE been a big fan of Linda's for a long time--and the
fact that there are some on this board who like to take pot shots at
her just for the sake of doing it drove me to respond in kind. I
normally don't use that kind of language on the Web, but I am not
going to let a few smart alecks' wise-ass comments go unchallenged.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I want to go on the record
as saying that it wouldn't matter to me one way or the other whether
Linda should or should have not gone to South Africa; this is
supposed to be about her career, not her politics.
I've always thought of her as one of the greatest living female
singers alive, and there are plenty of female singers who feel the
same way. What a sensational thing it would be to have Linda sing
with her spiritual protege Trisha Yearwood!
― Erik North, Friday, 7 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
One man's sensational thing
is another man's screaming nightmare. Although at least you wouldn't
be able to understand what Trisha was saying. Amusing (to me)
Two friends of mine are singing in the chorus for the Boston
Pops Fourth of July Esplanade concert. Trisha Yearwood is the
featured guest star. There is much ado and clapping as she steps
onto the stage and waves to the crowd. She grabs the microphone, the
band and orchestra start up, and she sings something completely
incomprehensible into the microphone. Friend 1 turns to Friend 2 and
says, "What did she just say?" Friend 2 answers, "I think she said,
'A hey-naw haw-naw HEY-NOW!'" Both are incapacitated for the
rest of Trisha's performance. Retellings of this story have added a
James Brown "HEH!" to the end.
― Dan Perry, Friday, 7 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Marcello Carlin, Saturday, 8 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Rich C, Saturday, 8 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Dan Perry, Monday, 10 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
i like her
― surm, Tuesday, 1 September 2009 14:54 (ten years ago) link
I love Simple Dreams, especially her hamfisted covers of "Tumbling Dice" and "It's So Easy."
― post-contrarian meta-challop 2009 (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 September 2009 14:55 (ten years ago) link
I love her Mexican stuff and that Tucson album she made with Emmylou Harris.
― banjoboy, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 02:38 (ten years ago) link
great start to this thread
i love her versions of "dolphins" and "birds" she sounds like she has complete control over her voice, which is kinda rare in the rock world
― velko, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 02:47 (ten years ago) link
― tropical storm mysac (crüt), Sunday, 2 September 2012 02:38 (seven years ago) link
Her music is pretty ass, and under normal circumstances we'd leave it at that. (And Elvis Costello's smart-ass cover of "You're No Good" was the perfect riposte, in that vein).However, Ms. Ronstadt goes beyond crap music and becomes crap person because she's a grade-A shit-talking hypocrite. Dumb bitch goes and plays Sun City while South Africa was still under the apartheid regime. That makes her evil and she never apologized publicly for doing that. But what makes her a hypocrite is that some years later dumb bitch Ronstadt goes on a TV talk show accusing Howard Stern of being racist against Mexicans (because the flap over the Selena shooting and all of a sudden Ms. Ronstadt "remembers" her Mexican heritage [shame she forgot it before flying off to Sun City]) -- fortunately, Robin Quivers from the Stern show was on at the same time and called Ronstadt out for being the hypocritical bitch that she is.
― Tadeusz Suchodolski
― buzza, Sunday, 2 September 2012 04:27 (seven years ago) link
― tropical storm mysac (crüt), Sunday, 2 September 2012 05:11 (seven years ago) link
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 19:52 (eight months ago) link
― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:20 (eight months ago) link
fwiw she is a great singer but I can never get into her, just something too clean and conservative sounding about everything, too perfect
― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:21 (eight months ago) link
love her!! i thought she was a magical muppet-woman hybrid when i was a kid.
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:41 (eight months ago) link
Whatever happened to Tadeusz? He seems nice.
I had really forgotten the whole Sun City flap, here's a lengthy Rolling Stone piece on it.
I spent my earliest years in radio at an MOR station where Linda was a welcome reprieve from Robert Goulet.
― A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:45 (eight months ago) link
good wiki on her, I had forgotten abt that Pirates Of Penzance thing
ew @ olde ILM
― sleeve, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:51 (eight months ago) link
man alive, if you remain skeptical, please check out Trio, specifically:
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:54 (eight months ago) link
Trio is good, and she's good duetting/singing backup on various things (Neil's "Freedom", for ex.) but I have never been able to sustain any interest in her solo career.
― Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:58 (eight months ago) link
aaaand I love this:
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:01 (eight months ago) link
that is stiff as fuck, you crazy
― Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:06 (eight months ago) link
and it works fabulously
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:07 (eight months ago) link
she sounds alive
I don't find the stiffness alienating: she and her Wachtel-led band bring it off. It's never been said, but Bryan Ferry's The Bride Stripped Bare pursues a similar goal and it's just as weird and precise.
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 22:09 (eight months ago) link
Wow---Ronstadt. Ferry: comparative listening never ever occurred to me, but now that you mention it, will have to try that.I haven't heard the original Trio CDs, and maybe I'm cutting the box some slack because I got it as promos (mp3s), but a lot of it sounded pretty good to me. Although they did that thing of leaving out "I felt like getting high"--Patti Smith left it out too, but I remembered Chuck's reference to her as a "temperance poet" in a Voice Choice, and when I asked him what that was, he said that in some recent shows (not too long after her re-emergence), she'd been reading verses about her friends and loved ones dying from drinking and related, so maybe that's why she cut the line.Guess it could be why Trio did it, but more annoying was in the booklet they said they called Neil Young to ask him what the song meant and quoted him as saying hell if he knew. If they couldn't figure it out, why should he try to explain it, they still might not get it, or maybe he didn't know. It's a masterpiece as written and originally recorded; their version is okay, even if they were just connecting the dots "weirdly precise" helped).Oh yeah, is that new LR documentary good? A lot of alleged music docs are too talky for me.
― dow, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 23:39 (eight months ago) link
The new doc is fantastic and everyone should see it, especially while it's on the big screen. But if one isn't excited by that "Tumbling Dice" clip (which is in the movie also) LR may not be for you.
Just thinking about what she did in the 1980s, it's nuts. Three country rock/new wave/soul albums - one featuring duets with Aaron Neville, two Great American Songbook albums with Nelson Riddle arrangements, the first Trio album, plus an album of Mexican songs, and the Pirates of Penzance original cast album
― Josefa, Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:24 (eight months ago) link
first off what andrew l said upthread is right, philip k. dick did write an entire novel which combined gnostic christianity with his explicit sexual fantasies about linda ronstadt (who in the novel has devoted her entire career to singing john dowland songs because philip k. dick) and it's batshit crazy
second off classic:
― Calpico Girlfriend (rushomancy), Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:39 (eight months ago) link
I used to subscribe to the orthodoxy that she was some kind of cold calculating antiseptic chops monster vocalist but somehow got over it after a few decades.
― The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:59 (eight months ago) link
I always did love “Different Drum,” which I could cling to like a flotation device, I always liked interviews with her, I learned to factor in that she was not as raw and raucous a vocalist as I might expect or seem to want in a rock context, the same way I learned to appreciate less bluesy jazz singers, and I found another place to hang my hat on Bob Warford’s B-Bender on songs like this, which I keep spamming the board with:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FiKHaSRMeg
― The Hillbilly Chespirito (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:04 (eight months ago) link
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, October 2, 2019 4:54 PM (four hours ago) bookmarkflaglink
Everything about this is excellent and not much about it makes me want to listen to it again.
― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:44 (eight months ago) link
If I had to come up with an explanation I’d say she always sounds a little too pleased with how good her voice sounds and that feeling often seems to overshadow the feeling of the song. But ultimately I just don’t feel it.
― longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:47 (eight months ago) link
linda sings emitt rhodes <3
linda deep cuts <3 <3
lol the band is having some problems (look at Bernie Leadon's wtf expression) but Linda is fire here in full barefoot goddess mode
― buzza, Thursday, 3 October 2019 06:01 (eight months ago) link
she had at least a couple other stabs at this but this rare version is the best
― buzza, Thursday, 3 October 2019 06:27 (eight months ago) link
Saw the documentary last night. I've seen a couple of CNN documentaries that were interesting because they used nothing but actual footage--no voiceover, no interviews--but this one was much more conventional. Keeps it guard up, so you really don't learn a whole lot about what must have been a pretty wild few years in the late-'70s--a reliance on diet pills is as revealing as this gets--but if you're a fan (I'd call myself a very casual one), you'll love that about a third of the film is clips of Ronstadt performing in close-up. Her South African controversy is dealt with briefly; I didn't think her explanation (in a contemporaneous interview) was indefensible. I read someone somewhere (this thread?) saying that she wasn't all that beautiful, that you could walk onto any campus in the 1970s and find hundreds of young women more striking than her. I seriously doubt that.
― clemenza, Thursday, 3 October 2019 15:28 (eight months ago) link
In very different times, my reaction to having my songs recorded by other singers was downright suspicious, territorial and, at times even a little hostile. To say the least, I lacked grace.
Five years ago, shortly before an encore performance of "Alison", I told the audience at the Hollywood Bowl, that it was Linda Ronstadt's rendition of that song - which was featured on her big hit album "Living In The U.S.A." - that kept petrol in our tour bus at a time when we were sharing double bill with everyone from Talking Heads to Eddie Money for a $1.99¢ ticket.
Linda Ronstadt and I have never met, so the stage seemed the next best place for such an acknowledgement.
I recently went to see "The Sound Of My Voice" at the Film Forum in NYC on an afternoon double-bill with the new documentary about Miles Davis. While the Miles film was filled with his wonderful music and startlingly vivid photographs and footage, the film mostly told me things I already knew, while the Linda Ronstadt movie was a completely surprising, clear-sighted and unsentimental look at her career, revealing an intelligence, self-awareness and sense of humour that was not always apparent in some of her male contemporaries from the early '70s
I used to joke that musicians invited some terrible curse by taking on my songs and how, having recorded one of my songs, Linda decided to push her luck by recording three more on her album "Mad Love" and the next thing she was singing Gilbert & Sullivan.
Of course, as someone who has spent their career doing the exact opposite of what has been expected of me, this was really a joke that was told against myself.
Nevertheless, I can't imagine a G&S operetta was actually the top of the record company wish list for one of their top recording superstars even if the piece ended up being a spectacular success.
The film tells us that Linda Ronstadt had to persuade her label boss at the WEA record group to bankroll her album with Nelson Riddle in a way that I was never obliged to wrangle with Warner Brothers, regarding the funding of "The Juliet Letters" but then my pop and rock and roll records weren't selling triple platinum, so they had less to lose.
I can't think of an artist of her commercial status who would have even proposed such a collaboration with Nelson Riddle let alone two albums of Mexican folk songs but the documentary shows these records to be a testament to artistic curiosity and daring.
It was a 2019 performance of one of those traditional songs, filmed in Linda's front room, flanked by her cousins that brought me to uncontrollable tears, so much so that I had to slip out of the theatre before the lights came up after the final credits.
My father's Parkinson's related decline saw his senses gradually eroded, until even his sense of taste for a dram was lost but even after his speech was reduced to a hoarse whisper, he was able to still negotiate a challenging tune like "The Way You Look Tonight".
Linda's commentary is frank about the impact of her illness on her ability to control her voice and sing to her own satisfaction but in that precious moment she appears undimmed in the way she could access the emotion of song, in the company of those family voices.
This version of "Party Girl" is a clip from a performance around the release of "Mad Love" - a memento of my less generous youth in so many ways but I urge you to see this wonderful documentary, whether or not you regard yourself a fan of the singer or her musical choices. Perhaps there are human qualities that endure beyond the fashionable poses we may have once affected.
With much respect. Elvis Costello
From his FB page.
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 October 2019 17:36 (seven months ago) link
That's fantastic--will have to post that on Facebook.
― clemenza, Saturday, 26 October 2019 19:30 (seven months ago) link
At the State Dept. dinner for the Kennedy Center honorees Mike Pompeo wondered aloud when he would be “loved”. Then Linda Ronstadt got up to get laurels, looked the fucker right in the eye and said “maybe when you stop enabling Donald Trump”. Icon.— sam greisman (@SAMGREIS) December 8, 2019
― shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 8 December 2019 12:30 (five months ago) link
Just saw it. Trying to confirm its truth.
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 December 2019 12:33 (five months ago) link
Mike Pompeo was an evil shit well before trump entered the picture
― plax (ico), Sunday, 8 December 2019 21:37 (five months ago) link
The documentary was okay to very good. Like clemenza said, I liked the live clips. I wasn't the audience for it: my parents were, who called last night to let me know they had seen the CNN broadcast twice; for them, an education.
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 January 2020 18:34 (four months ago) link
I saw it earlier this week and loved it, but have also been a fan since I was a kid. I dont mind that it wasn’t hard-hitting, honestly I was just glad to see her get more credit for her creative choices & as an artist in general; it seemed like she was often dismissed as just a pretty jukebox bc she didnt write her own material. I loved seeing her perform the mariachi songs, i wasn’t as familiar with that part of her career. And Penzance! ISuch an incredible voice.
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 January 2020 19:17 (four months ago) link
I grew up with "Somewhere Out There," the Neville collaborations, and Canciones de Mi Padre and especially Frenesí -- I appreciated the doc lingering on them.
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 January 2020 19:21 (four months ago) link
Seeing her in 1976 or slightly later was one of my first concerts. Enjoyed but wasn't wowed is my vague recollection. I want to watch the doc.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 5 January 2020 22:35 (four months ago) link
That closing scene of the doc with her nephew and cousin is so touching. Other live footage over the years in this is good too.
Not in the doc- I forgot she covered “Girl’s talk,”
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 04:39 (four months ago) link
The look in her eyes while she was singing along with them broke me up...like she consciousy knows how she wants to sound but her body is betraying her. I love that she did it on camera though
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 06:14 (four months ago) link